1978–79 Football League

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The Football League
Season 1978–79
Champions Liverpool

The 19781979 season was the 80th completed season of The Football League.

Bob Paisley won his third league title at Liverpool as his conquering side fought off competition from the likes of Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion to achieve their triumph. Albion were in their first season under the management of Ron Atkinson, and during the season pulled off a famous 5-3 away win over Manchester United. Albion's playing staff included some of the most competent young players in the league, including Bryan Robson, Brendan Batson, Cyrille Regis and Laurie Cunningham.

Down at the other end of the table, the three relegation places went to Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City and Chelsea. QPR had declined since the departure of Dave Sexton in 1977 and were relegated just three years after coming within a whisker of the league title. Meanwhile, Chelsea manager Danny Blanchflower paid for Chelsea's shortcomings by losing his job.

Money dominated the headlines during the season: Trevor Francis became England's first million-pound footballer after joining Nottingham Forest from Birmingham City. Liverpool became one of the first English clubs to have a shirt sponsor when they agreed a sponsorship deal with the Japanese hi-fi manufacturers Hitachi. By the end of the season, more and more English clubs were signing money-spinning sponsorship deals with commercial firms as the sporting world became even more obsessed with advertising.

Crystal Palace won the Second Division title, followed by rivals Brighton & Hove Albion (in the top division for the first time) and third-placed Stoke City, to achieve promotion to the top flight. Going down were Sheffield United, Millwall and Blackburn Rovers.

Shrewsbury Town were crowned champions of the Third Division. The other two promotion spots were occupied by Watford and Swansea City, who within a few seasons would make their mark on the First Division. Peterborough United, Walsall, Tranmere Rovers and Lincoln City were relegated to the Fourth Division.

Reading, Grimsby Town, Wimbledon and Barnsley occupied the Fourth Division promotion places. The success came for Wimbledon in only their second season as a league club and within a decade they would be an established First Division club, but things would get worse before they got better. For the second season running, the re-election system voted in favour of the league's bottom four clubs and there were no departures or arrivals in the league.

Final league tables and results[edit]

The tables and results below are reproduced here in the exact form that they can be found at The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation website[1] and in Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79,[2] with home and away statistics separated.

During the first five seasons of the league, that is, until the season 1893–94, re-election process concerned the clubs which finished in the bottom four of the league. From the 1894–95 season and until the 1920–21 season the re-election process was required of the clubs which finished in the bottom three of the league. From the 1922–23 season on it was required of the bottom two teams of both Third Division North and Third Division South. Since the Fourth Division was established in the 1958–59 season, the re-election process has concerned the bottom four clubs in that division.[2]

First Division[edit]

Football League, First Division
Season 1978–79
Champions Liverpool (11th English title)
Relegated Birmingham City,
Chelsea,
Queens Park Rangers
European Cup 1979–80 Liverpool,
Nottingham Forest (defending champions)
FA Cup winners
European Cup Winners' Cup 1979–80
Arsenal (5th FA Cup title)
UEFA Cup 1979–80 Everton,
Ipswich Town
Leeds United,
West Bromwich Albion
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1217 (2.63 per match)
Top goalscorer Frank Worthington (Bolton Wanderers), 24 [3]
Biggest home win LiverpoolTottenham 7–0 (2 Sep 1978)
Biggest away win TottenhamArsenal 0–5 (23 Dec 1978)
Highest scoring MiddlesbroughChelsea 7–2 (16 Dec 1978)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Liverpool 42 19 2 0 51 4 11 6 4 34 12 85 16 +69 68 European Cup 1979–80
First round
2 Nottingham Forest 42 11 10 0 34 10 10 8 3 27 16 61 26 +35 60 European Cup 1979–80
First round
[notes 1]
3 West Bromwich Albion 42 13 5 3 38 15 11 6 4 34 20 72 35 +37 59 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
4 Everton 42 12 7 2 32 17 5 10 6 20 23 52 40 +12 51 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
5 Leeds United 42 11 4 6 41 25 7 10 4 29 27 70 52 +18 50 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
6 Ipswich Town 42 11 4 6 34 21 9 5 7 29 28 63 49 +14 49 UEFA Cup 1979–80
First round
7 Arsenal 42 11 8 2 37 18 6 6 9 24 30 61 48 +13 48 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1979–80
First round
8 Aston Villa 42 8 9 4 37 26 7 7 7 22 23 59 49 +10 46
9 Manchester United 42 9 7 5 29 25 6 8 7 31 38 60 63 –3 45
10 Coventry City 42 11 7 3 41 29 3 9 9 17 39 58 68 –10 44
11 Tottenham Hotspur 42 7 8 6 19 25 6 7 8 29 36 48 61 –13 41
12 Middlesbrough 42 10 5 6 33 21 5 5 11 24 29 57 50 +7 40
13 Bristol City 42 11 6 4 34 19 4 4 13 13 32 47 51 –4 40
14 Southampton 42 9 10 2 35 20 3 6 12 12 33 47 53 –6 40
15 Manchester City 42 9 5 7 34 28 4 8 9 24 28 58 56 +2 39
16 Norwich City 42 7 10 4 29 19 0 13 8 22 38 51 57 –6 37
17 Bolton Wanderers 42 10 5 6 36 28 2 6 13 18 47 54 75 –21 35
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 10 4 7 26 26 3 4 14 18 42 44 68 –24 34
19 Derby County 42 8 5 8 25 25 2 6 13 19 46 44 71 –27 31
20 Queens Park Rangers 42 4 9 8 24 33 2 4 15 21 40 45 73 –28 25
21 Birmingham City 42 5 9 7 24 25 1 1 19 13 39 37 64 –27 22
22 Chelsea 42 3 5 13 23 42 2 5 14 21 50 44 92 –48 20

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

  1. ^ Nottingham Forest won this year's European Cup and thus qualified as defending champions. They also won the League cup for the second year
    running this year.
Key
League Champions, qualified for European Cup
Qualified for European Cup
FA Cup winners, qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Qualified for UEFA Cup
League cup winners, see Nottingham Forest
Relegated

First Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ARS AST BIR BOL BRI CHE COV DER EVE IPS LEE LIV MCI MUN MID NOR NOT QPR SOU TOT WBA WOL
Arsenal 1–1 3–1 1–0 2–0 5–2 1–1 2–0 2–2 4–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–1 5–1 1–0 1–0 1–2 0–1
Aston Villa 5–1 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 3–3 1–1 2–2 2–2 3–1 1–1 2–2 0–2 1–1 1–2 3–1 1–1 2–3 0–1 1–0
Birmingham City 0–0 0–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 0–3 1–2 5–1 1–3 1–0 0–2 3–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1
Bolton Wanderers 4–2 0–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 0–0 2–1 3–1 2–3 3–1 1–4 2–2 3–0 0–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 2–0 1–3 0–1 3–1
Bristol City 1–3 1–0 2–1 4–1 3–1 5–0 1–0 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–3 2–0 3–1 0–0 1–0 0–1
Chelsea 1–1 0–1 2–1 4–3 0–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 0–0 1–4 0–1 2–1 3–3 1–3 1–3 1–2 1–3 1–3 1–2
Coventry City 1–1 1–1 2–1 2–2 3–2 3–2 4–2 3–2 2–2 0–0 0–0 0–3 4–3 2–1 4–1 0–0 1–0 4–0 1–3 1–3 3–0
Derby County 2–0 0–0 2–1 3–0 0–1 1–0 0–2 0–0 0–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–1 1–2 2–1 2–1 2–2 3–2 4–1
Everton 1–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 4–1 3–2 3–3 2–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2 2–0
Ipswich Town 2–0 0–2 3–0 3–0 0–1 5–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–3 0–3 2–1 3–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–0 2–1 0–1 3–1
Leeds United 0–1 1–0 3–0 5–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–0 1–0 1–1 0–3 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–2 1–2 4–3 4–0 1–2 1–3 3–0
Liverpool 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 5–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–0 6–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 7–0 2–1 2–0
Manchester City 1–1 2–3 3–1 2–1 2–0 2–3 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–2 3–0 1–4 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–0 3–1 1–2 2–0 2–2 3–1
Manchester United 0–2 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 0–3 1–0 3–2 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 3–5 3–2
Middlesbrough 2–3 2–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 7–2 1–2 3–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 2–0 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0
Norwich City 0–0 1–2 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–0 1–0 3–0 0–1 0–1 2–2 1–4 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 2–2 1–1 0–0
Nottingham Forest 2–1 4–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 6–0 3–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 3–1 1–1 2–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–1
Queens Park Rangers 1–2 1–0 1–3 1–3 1–0 0–0 5–1 2–2 1–1 0–4 1–4 1–3 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–1 3–3
Southampton 2–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–0 4–0 1–2 3–0 1–2 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 3–2
Tottenham Hotspur 0–5 1–4 1–0 2–0 1–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 0–0 0–3 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0
West Bromwich Albion 1–1 1–1 1–0 4–0 3–1 1–0 7–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–1 4–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–0 0–4 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–1 1–1 4–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 2–4 1–3 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 0–3

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

First Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League First Division London teams 1978–1979

Second Division[edit]

Football League, Second Division
Season 1978–79
Champions Crystal Palace (1st title)
Promoted Brighton & Hove Albion,
Stoke City
Relegated Blackburn Rovers,
Millwall,
Sheffield United
Matches played 462
Goals scored 1174 (2.54 per match)
Top goalscorer Pop Robson (West Ham United) 24 [3]
Biggest home win LutonCardiff City 7–1 (16 Sep 1978)
LutonNotts County 6–0 (21 Oct 1978)
Biggest away win BlackburnCardiff City 1–4 (28 Feb 1979)
Cardiff CityCharlton 1–4 (4 Nov 1978)
CharltonStoke 1–4 (14 Apr 1979)
LutonWest Ham 1–4 (26 Feb 1979)
MillwallBrighton & Hove 1–4 (2 Sep 1979)
NewcastleSunderland 1–4 (24 Feb 1979)
0–3: 9 matches
Highest scoring Bristol RoversCharlton 5–5 (18 Nov 1978)
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Crystal Palace 42 12 7 2 30 11 7 12 2 21 13 51 24 +27 57
2 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 16 3 2 44 11 7 7 7 28 28 72 39 +33 56
3 Stoke City 42 11 7 3 35 15 9 9 3 23 16 58 31 +27 56
4 Sunderland 42 13 3 5 39 19 9 8 4 31 25 70 44 +26 55
5 West Ham United 42 12 7 2 46 15 6 7 8 24 24 70 39 +31 50
6 Notts County 42 8 10 3 23 15 6 6 9 25 45 48 60 –12 44
7 Preston North End 42 7 11 3 36 23 5 7 9 23 34 59 57 +2 42
8 Newcastle United 42 13 3 5 35 24 4 5 12 16 31 51 55 –4 42
9 Cardiff City 42 12 5 4 34 23 4 5 12 22 47 56 70 –14 42
10 Fulham 42 10 7 4 35 19 3 8 10 15 28 50 47 +3 41
11 Orient 42 11 5 5 32 18 4 5 12 19 33 51 51 +0 40
12 Cambridge United 42 7 10 4 22 15 5 6 10 22 37 44 52 –8 40
13 Burnley 42 11 6 4 31 22 3 6 12 20 40 51 62 –11 40
14 Oldham Athletic 42 10 7 4 36 23 3 6 12 16 38 52 61 –9 39
15 Wrexham 42 10 6 5 31 16 2 8 11 14 26 45 42 +3 38 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1979–80
First round
[notes2 1]
16 Bristol Rovers 42 10 6 5 34 23 4 4 13 14 37 48 60 –12 38
17 Leicester City 42 7 8 6 28 23 3 9 9 15 29 43 52 –9 37
18 Luton Town 42 11 5 5 46 24 2 5 14 14 33 60 57 +3 36
19 Charlton Athletic 42 6 8 7 28 28 5 5 11 32 41 60 69 –9 35
20 Sheffield United 42 9 6 6 34 24 2 6 13 18 45 52 69 –17 34
21 Millwall 42 7 4 10 22 29 4 6 11 20 32 42 61 –19 32
22 Blackburn Rovers 42 5 8 8 24 29 5 2 14 17 43 41 72 –31 30

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

  1. ^ Wrexham were runners-up in the Welsh Cup final, and since winners Shrewsbury Town are an English club, Wrexham were awarded the right to participate
    in the European Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
Qualified for Cup Winners' Cup
Relegated

Second Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLB BHA BRO BUR CAM CAR CHA CRY FUL LEI LUT MIL NEW NTC OLD ORI PNE SHU STK SUN WHU WRE
Blackburn Rovers 1–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–4 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–3 3–4 0–2 3–0 0–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 1–1
Brighton & Hove Albion 2–1 3–0 2–1 0–2 5–0 2–0 0–0 3–0 3–1 3–1 3–0 2–0 0–0 1–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 2–1
Bristol Rovers 4–1 1–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 5–5 0–1 3–1 1–1 2–0 0–3 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 2–1
Burnley 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 5–3 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 1–1 0–3 1–2 3–2 0–0
Cambridge United 0–1 0–0 1–1 2–2 5–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–3 3–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–2 0–0 1–0
Cardiff City 2–0 3–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–4 2–2 2–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–3 1–3 1–0 2–2 4–0 1–3 1–1 0–0 1–0
Charlton Athletic 2–0 0–3 3–0 1–1 2–3 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–2 2–4 4–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–1 1–4 1–2 0–0 1–1
Crystal Palace 3–0 3–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 3–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–0
Fulham 1–2 0–1 3–0 0–0 5–1 2–2 3–1 0–0 3–0 1–0 1–0 1–3 1–1 1–0 2–2 5–3 2–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 0–1
Leicester City 1–1 4–1 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–2 0–3 1–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 0–1 2–0 5–3 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–1
Luton Town 2–1 1–1 3–2 4–1 1–1 7–1 3–0 0–1 2–0 0–1 2–2 2–0 6–0 6–1 2–1 1–2 1–1 0–0 0–3 1–4 2–1
Millwall 1–1 1–4 0–3 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 0–3 0–0 2–0 0–2 2–1 0–1 2–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 3–0 0–1 2–1 2–2
Newcastle United 3–1 1–3 3–0 3–1 1–0 3–0 5–3 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 4–3 1–3 2–0 1–4 0–3 2–0
Notts County 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 3–1 1–1 1–2 0–0 1–0 0–0 4–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 1–1
Oldham Athletic 5–0 1–3 3–1 2–0 4–1 2–1 0–3 0–0 0–2 2–1 2–0 4–1 1–3 3–3 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–0 2–2 1–0
Orient 2–0 3–3 1–1 2–1 3–0 2–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–1 3–2 2–1 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–1 3–0 0–2 0–1
Preston North End 4–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–2 2–1 6–1 2–3 2–2 4–0 2–2 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 3–1 0–0 2–1
Sheffield United 0–1 0–1 1–0 4–0 3–3 2–1 2–1 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–1 0–2 1–0 5–1 4–2 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–2 3–0 1–1
Stoke City 1–2 2–2 2–0 3–1 1–3 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–0 2–0 4–0 3–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 2–0 3–0
Sunderland 0–1 2–1 5–0 3–1 0–2 1–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–0 3–2 1–1 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–1 6–2 0–1 2–1 1–0
West Ham United 4–0 0–0 2–0 3–1 5–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 1–1 1–0 3–0 5–0 5–2 3–0 0–2 3–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1
Wrexham 2–1 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–0 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–0 0–0 3–1 2–0 3–1 2–1 4–0 0–1 1–2 4–3

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Second Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Second Division London teams 1978–1979

Third Division[edit]

Football League, Third Division
Season 1978–79
Champions Shrewsbury Town (1st title)
Promoted Swansea City,
Watford
Relegated Lincoln City,
Peterborough United,
Tranmere Rovers,
Walsall
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1388 (2.51 per match)
Top goalscorer Ross Jenkins (Watford), 29 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts Notes
1 Shrewsbury Town 46 14 9 0 36 11 7 10 6 25 30 61 41 +20 61 [notes3 1]
2 Watford 46 15 5 3 47 22 9 7 7 36 30 83 52 +31 60
3 Swansea City 46 16 6 1 57 32 8 6 9 26 29 83 61 +22 60
4 Gillingham 46 15 7 1 39 15 6 10 7 26 27 65 42 +23 59
5 Swindon Town 46 17 2 4 44 14 8 5 10 30 38 74 52 +22 57
6 Carlisle United 46 11 10 2 31 13 4 12 7 22 29 53 42 +11 52
7 Colchester United 46 13 9 1 35 19 4 8 11 25 36 60 55 +5 51
8 Hull City 46 12 9 2 36 14 7 2 14 30 47 66 61 +5 49
9 Exeter City 46 14 6 3 38 18 3 9 11 23 38 61 56 +5 49
10 Brentford 46 14 4 5 35 19 5 5 13 18 30 53 49 +4 47
11 Oxford United 46 10 8 5 27 20 4 10 9 17 30 44 50 –6 46
12 Blackpool 46 12 5 6 38 19 6 4 13 23 40 61 59 +2 45
13 Southend United 46 11 6 6 30 17 4 9 10 21 32 51 49 +2 45
14 Sheffield Wednesday 46 9 8 6 30 22 4 11 8 23 31 53 53 +0 45
15 Plymouth Argyle 46 11 9 3 40 27 4 5 14 27 41 67 68 –1 44
16 Chester 46 11 9 3 42 21 3 7 13 15 40 57 61 –4 44
17 Rotherham United 46 13 3 7 30 23 4 7 12 19 32 49 55 –6 44
18 Mansfield Town 46 7 11 5 30 24 5 8 10 21 28 51 52 –1 43
19 Bury 46 6 11 6 35 32 5 9 9 24 33 59 65 –6 42
20 Chesterfield 46 10 5 8 35 34 3 9 11 16 31 51 65 –14 40
21 Peterborough United 46 8 7 8 26 24 3 7 13 18 39 44 63 –19 36
22 Walsall 46 7 6 10 34 32 3 6 14 22 39 56 71 –15 32
23 Tranmere Rovers 46 4 12 7 26 31 2 4 17 19 47 45 78 –33 28
24 Lincoln City 46 5 7 11 26 38 2 4 17 15 50 41 88 –47 25

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

  1. ^ Shrewsbury Town were winners of the Welsh Cup winners this season, but as they are an English club, they did not earn a place in the Cup Winners' Cup.
Key
Division Champions, promoted; Welsh Cup winners, not qualified for the Cup Winners' Cup
Promoted
Relegated

Third Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] BLP BRE BRY CRL CHE CHF COL EXE GIL HUL LIN MAN OXF PET PLY ROT SHW SHR STD SWA SWI TRA WAL WAT
Blackpool 0–1 1–2 3–1 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 2–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 1–2 0–1 5–0 1–2 1–3 5–2 2–0 2–1 1–1
Brentford 3–2 0–1 0–0 6–0 0–3 1–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–3 3–0 1–0 1–2 2–0 1–0 3–3
Bury 1–3 2–3 2–2 1–1 3–1 2–2 4–2 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–2 3–2 0–0 3–0 3–3 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–2
Carlisle United 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 4–0 1–1 1–0 2–2 2–0 1–0 0–1 4–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–0 1–0
Chester 4–2 3–1 1–1 1–2 3–0 2–2 3–0 1–1 2–1 5–1 1–1 4–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 0–0 0–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–1 2–1
Chesterfield 1–3 0–0 2–1 2–3 3–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–2 1–3 1–0 1–1 3–1 1–3 1–0 3–3 2–1 3–2 2–1 1–1 5–2 0–0 0–2
Colchester United 3–1 1–1 0–0 2–1 2–1 0–0 2–2 2–2 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 4–2 2–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 3–2 1–0 2–0 0–1
Exeter City 3–0 2–2 2–1 3–2 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–0 3–1 3–2 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–2 3–0 3–1 0–0
Gillingham 2–0 0–0 3–3 0–0 1–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–0 4–2 0–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 2–0 2–2 3–2 3–1 2–3
Hull City 0–0 1–0 4–1 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–0 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 2–2 1–1 2–1 4–1 4–0
Lincoln City 1–2 1–0 1–4 1–1 0–0 0–1 0–0 0–1 2–4 4–2 0–1 2–2 0–1 3–3 3–0 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–1 0–3 2–1 1–1 0–5
Mansfield Town 1–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 5–0 0–1 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–0 1–3 0–3
Oxford United 1–0 0–1 0–0 5–1 0–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 2–1 3–2 0–2 3–2 1–0 1–1 0–1 0–0 0–2 0–1 0–0 2–1 1–1
Peterborough United 1–2 3–1 2–2 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–1 3–0 0–1 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 0–1 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–3 0–1
Plymouth Argyle 0–0 2–1 3–0 2–0 2–2 1–1 1–1 4–2 2–1 3–4 2–1 1–4 0–1 3–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–2 2–0 2–2 1–0 1–1
Rotherham United 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–3 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 1–0 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 1–3 3–2 4–1 2–1
Sheffield Wednesday 2–0 1–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–3 0–0 1–2 1–1 3–0 2–3 2–1 0–0 3–2 0–0 2–1 1–2 0–2 2–3
Shrewsbury Town 2–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2 0–0 2–0 2–0 3–1 2–2 2–0 3–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 1–1
Southend 4–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 0–1 0–1 3–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 0–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 5–3 0–1 1–0 1–0
Swansea City 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 4–1 1–0 3–1 5–3 3–0 3–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 4–4 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–2 4–3 2–2 3–2
Swindon Town 0–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–0 1–0 1–2 1–1 3–1 2–0 6–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–3 1–0 3–0 2–1 1–0 0–1 4–1 4–1 2–0
Tranmere 0–2 0–1 0–0 1–1 6–2 1–1 1–5 2–2 1–1 1–3 0–0 1–2 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–1 1–1 2–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 0–0 1–1
Walsall 2–1 2–3 0–1 1–2 2–1 0–1 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–2 4–1 1–1 0–1 4–1 2–1 0–1 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–0 2–4
Watford 5–1 2–0 3–3 2–1 1–0 2–0 0–3 1–0 1–0 4–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 1–2 2–2 2–2 1–0 2–2 2–0 0–2 2–0 4–0 3–1

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Third Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Third Division London teams 1978–1979

Fourth Division[edit]

Football League, Fourth Division
Season 1978–79
Champions Reading (1st title)
Promoted Barnsley,
Grimsby Town,
Wimbledon
Failed re-election None
New club in the league Wigan Athletic
Matches played 552
Goals scored 1409 (2.55 per match)
Top goalscorer John Dungworth (Aldershot), 26 [3]
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A F A GD Pts
1 Reading 46 19 3 1 49 8 7 10 6 27 27 76 35 +41 65
2 Grimsby Town 46 15 5 3 51 23 11 4 8 31 26 82 49 +33 61
3 Wimbledon 46 18 3 2 50 20 7 8 8 28 26 78 46 +32 61
4 Barnsley 46 15 5 3 47 23 9 8 6 26 19 73 42 +31 61
5 Aldershot 46 16 5 2 38 14 4 12 7 25 33 63 47 +16 57
6 Wigan Athletic 46 14 5 4 40 24 7 8 8 23 24 63 48 +15 55
7 Portsmouth 46 13 7 3 35 12 7 5 11 27 36 62 48 +14 52
8 Newport County 46 12 5 6 39 28 9 5 9 27 27 66 55 +11 52
9 Huddersfield Town 46 13 8 2 32 15 5 3 15 25 38 57 53 +4 47
10 York City 46 11 6 6 33 24 7 5 11 18 31 51 55 –4 47
11 Torquay United 46 14 4 5 38 24 5 4 14 20 41 58 65 –7 46
12 Scunthorpe United 46 12 3 8 33 30 5 8 10 21 30 54 60 –6 45
13 Hartlepool United 46 7 12 4 35 28 6 6 11 22 38 57 66 –9 44
14 Hereford United 46 7 12 4 35 28 6 6 11 22 38 53 53 +0 43
15 Bradford City 46 11 5 7 38 26 6 4 13 24 42 62 68 –6 43
16 Port Vale 46 8 10 5 29 28 6 4 13 28 42 57 70 –13 42
17 Stockport County 46 11 5 7 33 21 3 7 13 25 39 58 60 –2 40
18 Bournemouth 46 12 4 7 40 30 3 5 15 24 46 47 48 –1 39
19 Northampton Town 46 12 4 7 40 30 3 5 15 24 46 64 76 –12 39
20 Rochdale 46 11 4 8 25 26 4 5 14 22 38 47 64 –17 39
21 Darlington 46 8 8 7 25 21 3 7 13 24 45 49 66 –17 37
22 Doncaster Rovers 46 8 8 7 25 22 5 3 15 25 51 50 73 –23 37
23 Halifax Town 46 7 5 11 24 32 2 3 18 15 40 39 72 –33 26
24 Crewe Alexandra 46 3 7 13 24 41 3 7 13 19 49 43 90 –47 26

P = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

Key
Division Champions, promoted
Promoted
New club in the league
Re-elected
Failed re-election (none)

Fourth Division results[edit]

Home \ Away[1] ALD BAR BOU BRA CRE DAR DON GRI HAL HAR HER HUD NPC NOR POR PTV REA ROC SCU STP TOR WIG WDN YOR
Aldershot 1–0 1–0 6–0 3–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–1 2–0 1–0 2–3 2–0 0–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–0
Barnsley 2–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–1 3–0 2–1 4–2 1–0 2–1 1–0 1–0 1–1 1–1 6–2 3–1 0–3 4–1 4–4 1–2 0–0 3–1 3–0
Bournemouth 0–1 0–2 1–0 0–1 2–2 7–1 0–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 3–1 0–0 3–1 3–1 0–0 3–1 0–0 3–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–2
Bradford City 0–2 1–2 2–1 6–0 0–0 1–0 1–3 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 1–3 3–0 2–0 2–3 2–3 1–0 1–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–1
Crewe Alexandra 1–1 0–2 1–0 1–2 1–1 2–4 0–3 1–0 0–1 0–0 3–3 0–1 2–4 0–0 1–5 0–2 1–2 0–2 2–2 6–2 1–1 1–2 0–1
Darlington 2–1 0–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 2–0 4–0 1–2 0–2 2–2 0–1 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–1
Doncaster Rovers 1–1 2–2 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–3 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 2–0 2–3 1–3 2–2 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–0 0–1 1–0 1–2
Grimsby Town 0–0 2–0 1–0 5–1 2–2 7–2 3–4 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–1 1–0 4–3 1–0 1–0 1–2 4–0 1–1 2–1 3–0 3–1 2–2 3–0
Halifax Town 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–0 0–2 0–0 1–2 2–4 1–0 2–3 1–2 2–2 2–0 0–3 0–0 2–1 2–3 2–1 1–0 1–2 2–1 0–1
Hartlepool United 2–2 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–2 0–2 3–4 1–0 3–1 2–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–2 0–0 5–1 1–1 1–3 3–2 1–1 1–1 1–1
Hereford United 1–1 1–1 0–0 3–1 6–1 1–0 2–0 0–1 2–2 1–0 3–0 0–3 4–3 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–2 3–1 1–0 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0
Huddersfield Town 0–0 1–0 2–1 0–0 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–3 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–1 1–0 3–2 0–0 1–1 1–1 3–0 1–0
Newport County 1–2 1–1 2–0 2–4 1–2 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–0 3–2 4–1 2–1 2–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 0–0 2–0 1–2 1–1 2–1 1–3 1–1
Northampton Town 2–3 0–1 4–2 1–0 3–1 4–1 3–0 1–2 2–1 1–1 2–1 2–3 3–1 0–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–4 1–1 1–0
Portsmouth 1–1 0–1 1–1 0–1 3–0 3–0 4–0 1–3 3–1 3–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–1 0–0 1–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
Port Vale 1–1 3–2 1–2 2–1 2–2 2–1 1–3 1–1 0–1 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–1 2–2 0–0 0–3 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 0–0
Reading 4–0 1–0 1–0 3–0 3–0 1–0 3–0 4–0 1–0 3–1 3–0 1–1 2–1 5–1 2–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 3–3 1–0 2–0 1–0 3–0
Rochdale 1–1 0–3 2–1 1–0 2–1 2–1 2–0 2–5 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–2 1–0 4–1 0–2 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–2
Scunthorpe United 2–0 0–1 1–0 3–2 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–0 3–1 4–2 3–1 2–3 0–3 2–2 2–0 0–3 0–4 1–0 2–2 0–1 2–0 2–3
Stockport County 2–2 0–0 1–0 1–0 4–3 3–0 0–1 2–1 1–2 4–0 0–2 3–1 1–1 2–1 4–2 0–0 0–0 3–0 0–2 0–1 0–1 0–1 2–0
Torquay United 2–1 3–2 0–1 1–2 3–0 1–0 2–1 3–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 2–1 2–0 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–6 3–0
Wigan Athletic 3–2 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–3 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 2–3 2–0 2–0 5–3 3–0 3–0 1–0 2–0 3–1 1–2 1–1
Wimbledon 3–1 1–1 4–0 2–1 1–1 2–0 3–2 0–1 2–1 3–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 4–1 2–4 1–0 1–0 3–2 3–1 2–0 5–0 2–1 2–1
York City 1–1 0–1 2–1 2–2 1–0 5–2 1–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 1–3 1–2 1–0 5–3 4–0 0–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–4

Source: Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Purple = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Fourth Division maps[edit]

Locations of the Football League Fourth Division London teams 1978–1979

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "England 1978–79". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Archived from the original on 27 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ a b Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.
  3. ^ a b c d "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 2010-10-31. 
  • Ian Laschke: Rothmans Book of Football League Records 1888–89 to 1978–79. Macdonald and Jane’s, London & Sydney, 1980.